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Little Bears Numbers
Learn with Little Bear
As my young daughter loves books I am always on the lookout for new books for her to 'read', or more aptly for her to look at the pictures and listen whilst I read to her, though I also look out for books that could possibly help her read or learn in the future. I came across a four set of young learning books for a cut down price of only £1 per book (£4 for the set) which was a great price as the RRP price of these books were £4.99 each. I have seen these books for between £1.00 and £4.00 on Amazon too so you are able to get them cheaper most of the time.
Jane Hissey, the author of both these little bear books and also the better known Old Bear books, was born in 1952 and studied design and Illustration at Brighton. It wasn't until after having her first child that Hissey began concentrating on her own illustrations of mainly teddy bears on greeting cards which is when a children's book publisher spotted the series of cards and encouraged her to write and illustrate books.
Hissey's first set of books about Old Bear was published in 1988 and many more character teddies followed in the many books after that, all inspired by her own bears which she had as a child. Old Bear itself was apparently given to her by her grandmother when she was a baby.
Although part of a set of books, this review concentrates on one of the books only; Little Bear's Numbers.
The book itself is quite a large paper back book with the covers slightly thicker than the main pages. Due to this, the book can easily be ripped so it isn't good with small hands who are not used to books! The books are aimed, though, for slightly older children who are learning their numbers though a child is never too young to start learning and my two year old loves the books. She has learnt a couple of numbers so far (weirdly she counts one, two, eight...!) though at this stage she simply loves looking at the beautiful illustrations in the book whilst I read the words to her.
The cover is really appealing in a pale blue colour with Little Bear in the center of the front cover, arms open wide and a smile upon his face inviting the child in. Numbers surround the bear with the title bold above. On the back there are many smaller illustrations of Old Bear himself and the rest of his friends, all seen in Hissey's other books.
The book focuses upon numbers one to ten so as you can imagine it isn't very long a book though probably one of the best looking ones I have seen that deal with this grouping of number learning. Each double page focuses on a different number, counting upwards with four pages at the end with little activities to help the child, for example on one page there are more beautiful images of Little Bear and his friends playing hide and seek with the question; 'Can you guess how many friends he will find?
On each page there is a number chart at the top across the full double page with the number the page focuses on in bold font. Each page has large and stunning illustrations aiding the childs number learning, for example Bear is holding one sock, there are six candles on the cake etc. I must say here that the best thing about this book is the illustrations - they are simply stunning for both child and adult. They are not bold in any way and are really cute and 'warm'. On each double page there is also two different images and ways of helping the child count. The first page of the double simply has the numerical one with the word it is corresponding to (ie: 1 Sock) and on the other page 'one' would be put into a sentence - a simple sentence to aid the early stages of reading which also is relevant to the image on that page.
Within this collection there are four books, all with brilliant illustrations and great to help young children in that subject area. These books include;
Little Bear's Numbers (the book this review is on)
Little Bear's Colours
Little Bear's Shapes
Little Bear's Alphabet
Hissey has many other children's books all focusing on Old Bear and friends. Some of these can be found here:
It is difficult to describe just how amazing these illustrations are so I have included some in the photos for you to see of various Bear stories and friends.
This book is great for helping young children start learning their numbers and counting from one to ten and the images really keep the child (and adult) amused. As I mentioned above, my daughter is a little young to learn real counting at the moment but has started to put some numbers together and adores looking through this book with me. I do keep it on a higher shelf so she doesn't get to it on her own, though, as the pages are not very durable.
I would completely recommend not only this one book but the whole set of books in this series as they are beautiful books and lovely to add to any young childs book collection.